William McKinley "Bill" Bryant, age 85, of Alderson, passed away on
Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at the Brier Rehabilitation & Nursing
Center, Ronceverte, W.Va., following a short illness.
Born April 8,
1929 in Buena Vista, Va., he was the son of the late Rufus and Iva
Ellen McElroy Bryant. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in
death by his childhood sweetheart, Elizabeth Ann "Lib" Housby
Bryant--the love of his life and wife of nearly 59 years; a son,
Wayne Bryant; his brother, Don Bryant; and his sister, Dorothy
graduated from Alderson High School in 1948 and West Virginia
University in 1952. While at WVU, he was a member of the West
Virginia University Mountaineer football team and Delta Tau Delta
fraternity. He was a high school football coach and social studies
teacher in Alderson, W.Va. and Rainelle, W.Va., before joining the
management program at Sears Roebuck in Virginia. Mr. Bryant’s career
with Sears spanned over 30 years and took him and his family to
Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and
Mississippi. In 1987, he retired to Alderson, W.Va. with his wife,
Mr. Bryant was
active in all the communities in which he lived, serving on the
boards of directors for various charities and civic organizations
across the southeast. While in Alderson, he served with Alderson
Main Street and the Alderson Public Library, was a member of the Old
Greenbrier Baptist Church, and greatly enjoyed visiting with friends
at the Big Wheel Restaurant.
include a son, Gary Bryant and his wife, Debbie, of Wabash, Ind.; a
daughter, Ann McCullen and her husband, David, of Hattiesburg,
Miss.; three grandchildren, Erik Bryant, Melissa Taulbee and her
husband, Jake, and Elizabeth McCullen; a great-grandson, Clayton
Taulbee; a niece, Patti Hunter and her husband, Russell; and a
nephew, Jarrett "Butch" Wood, Jr. and his wife, Carolyn.
service celebrating the life of Mr. Bryant will be held on Saturday,
January 31, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church,
Alderson, W.Va. with the Rev. Dr. Bill Bryan officiating. Burial
will follow at the Old Greenbrier Memorial Cemetery, Alderson, W.Va.
Friends may call Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
at the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church, Alderson, W.Va.
considering an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers, the
family requests that donations be made to the Alderson Ministerial
Association, P.O. Box 641, Alderson, WV 24910, or to the charity of
Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.
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